Ten senior officials from Kazakhstan celebrated their graduation yesterday from the fourth annual Program in Public Policy and Management at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID). Nearly 60 officials from the country’s Academy of Public Administration have graduated from the three-month program since 2011.

“Being part of Duke University was a great educational, professional and personal experience,” said Dinara Janenova, deputy head of the Department for Human Resource Management and Civil Service. “All of us have had the opportunity to learn new things and broaden our vision of public policy, management and good governance.”

During the program, participants attended sessions on topics such as policy analysis, leadership, statistics, economics and decision making. Participants learned from DCID and other Duke faculty, as well as guest lecturers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Federal Executive Institute in Washington, D.C.

In addition to their classwork, participants went on several field visits to see local government and nonprofit agencies in action, including FHI 360, the City of Durham, the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, the Wake County Detention Center and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

They also traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with lobbyists and visit the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Academy of Public Administration is the main scientific and educational center providing professional training for public servants in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

DCID has trained a total of more than 250 officials from Kazakhstan, including officials from the academy, the country’s tax committee and the national railway.

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